Operatic Equations

One thing about Universities is they usually have lots of money. My dear old Alma Mater is getting ready to spend “50 Million(Bulls Planning To Upgrade Sports Facilities)”:http://sports.tbo.com/sports/MGBF676YU3E.html on sports facilities. And I sure that Opera has firm marketing data for “giving them a free browser(Universities get free ticket to Opera)”:http://news.com.com/Universities+get+free+ticket+to+Opera/2100-1032_3-5533666.html?part=rss&tag=5533666&subj=news.1032.5. But they might want to think about all marketing opportunities to public and school library users as well.

2003 OCLC Environmental Scan

I was at a meeting yesterday and ended up getting a copy of the “2003 OCLC Environmental Scan: Pattern Recognition(2003 OCLC Environmental Scan)”:http://www.oclc.org/membership/escan/default.htm. I haven’t finished reading it yet, but it does have some very interesting information. If you are interested in libraries and have some spare time, you might want to take a look at it.

ComicPromote

“ComicPromote(ComicPromote � Comic Book Promotion Group)”:http://groups.yahoo.com/group/ComicPromote/ has been formed in order “to promote the readership of comic books in schools and educational programs.” It sound like a worthy cause to me.

Teaching Music Online

The “Berklee School of Music(Berklee Shares)”:http://www.berkleeshares.com/ has a found a new use for file-sharing: helping to “teach(Free music lessons thanks to file sharing)”:http://sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?file=/chronicle/archive/2003/11/11/BUGOO2UMP91.DTL&type=tech future musicians.

Need an example

If you are creating a presentation or teaching something, it would be great if you could “use(example.com: use it, learn it, love it)”:http://www.dashes.com/links/archives/20031012.php#007502 a reserved generic website. Maybe something like “example.com(Example Web Page)”:http://www.example.com/?

Is the Internet this bad?

“The computer is the worst offender: College and high school students sit at their machines e-mailing and instant messaging without proofreading, revising or giving much thought to what they have written. The errors then continue to be circulated and repeated by others until finally everyone on the Internet has become illiterate, replacing proper English with Internet slang. Unfortunately for these students, their bosses will not be ‘lol’ when they read a report that lacks proper punctuation and grammar, has numerous misspellings, various made-up words, and silly acronyms.” – Silvio Laccetti and Scott Molsk

Parental Access

I went to a presentation once (actually, I beleive it was May of 1998) that involved a product that would connect parents and teachers via the web. Seeing as how this was a region of the county where many parents didn’t have telephones, the principals in the audience were somewhat less than enthusiastic. While many things have changed in the last five years, I am not sure whether parents are ready to monitor schools assignments via the web. There are some possible solutions out there, but I am not sure that things have reached the tipping pooint.

Keyboard and Cursive

Are keyboards killing cursive? A very interesting article, which brings up a lot of issues. For myself, I write very little in cursive these days because what skills I had deteriorated over the years trying to keep up with college professors.

Home Economics or Library?

If you had to choose between having a full-time school librarian or a family consumer science teacher, which would you choose? I am betting that your answer might be different from the one that Lou Reste, Principal of North Andover Middle School, made.

New Logo

New University of South Florida Logo One time as an undergrad (way back in 1991), I so much wanted a copy of the USF logo for a project I was working on. I never did come up with something satisfactory. These days, you can get one in any design you like .